Lifetime at 'special little school'

Last updated 13:00 20/12/2012
Judi Hansen
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GOODBYE MRS HANSEN: Retiring Auckland Point School teacher Judi Hansen with her pupils.

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School's out.

But it's more than the end of the school year for teacher Judi Hansen.

When she finished at Auckland Point School yesterday it was also the finale to a lifelong association with the school.

She first started there as a pupil in the 1950s and went on to teachers' college, working at various schools before returning to Auckland Point where she has taught for 31 years.

Her two daughters also went to the school.

"It's a really special little school in the city. It's supported by the port and the community. Really it's all about the kids," she said.

She's the one behind the artwork that the schoolchildren create and put up among the daffodils on the traffic island in Haven Rd by the school each spring. "They're going to continue doing that, so that's good," she said.

The school's staff and pupils farewelled her yesterday, giving her a cellphone to keep in touch.

Mrs Hansen said: "Now I'm going to have a balanced life, travel, spend time with friends and I have a grandson on the way."

Primary school pupils are on holiday for seven weeks.

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